Top 14 Best Questions To Ask At The End Of An Interview

By Mike Simpson

Have you ever been on a horrible date where the person you are out with spent the whole time talking about themselves without ever asking you a single question?

Ugh, sounds miserable, right? Would you want to see that person again? Probably not. Who would want to spend any more precious time with someone who was so self-involved?

Dating is a two way street and the goal is to learn as much as you can about your potential partner through a give and take approach to dialogue.

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Did you know a job interview is a lot like a date?

You’re kidding, right? Does this mean I have to start bringing flowers and chocolates with me as well as copies of my resume?

No. As charming as that might seem, we don’t recommend that approach at all. In fact, leave the flowers and chocolates at home for your sweetie.

What you should bring with you are questions to ask at the end of an interview!

Wait…questions? Aren’t they interviewing me?

Yes, they are…but like any good date, shouldn’t you try to learn a little bit more about the position and company before you decide to accept the job if they offer it to you? Of course!

How else are you going to find out if it really is a job you want to do?

Preparing Good Questions To Ask the Interviewer

You can learn a lot about an open position through the basic application process, but to really get the down and dirty about what will be expected of you, you need to make sure you prepare good questions to ask the interviewer as well.

Isn’t that awkward? I mean, are hiring managers okay with me asking for more details?

Are you kidding?!?

Asking the hiring manager questions is like bringing flowers and chocolates with you. Not only are you getting more information about the job, you’re showing the interviewer that you genuinely care about the position, the company, and your role should you get hired.

Imagine this…you’re a hiring manager and you’ve just had a potential candidate interview with you. Their answers to your questions are pretty solid and you’re wrapping up the interview.

“So,” you say, giving the eager young candidate a smile. “Any questions for me?

The candidate clears their throat, nervous. You can tell by the look in their eye all they want to do is get out of there. “No,” they stammer. “I’m good. Thank you!”

You shake hands and they leave. You sigh in disappointment. Such a missed opportunity. Maybe the next one will have some questions for you.

Why Do Hiring Managers Want You To Ask Questions?

Why is not asking questions at the end of the interview a missed opportunity and why are hiring managers disappointed when interviewees don’t ask questions?

Because asking questions not only gets you vital information about the job you’re interviewing for, it also shows that you’re willing to go the extra mile to get that information…especially if you not only come in with well thought out questions…but tailor those questions as well!

(What’s “Tailoring?” Check out our blog article Job Interview Questions and Answers 101 to learn more)

Remember, the ultimate goal is always to be the PERFECT CANDIDATE and that means doing a little extra work before you even get to the interview. By asking the right questions, you are turning the table on the interviewer and taking control of the room.

While this might seem at first like a bad idea, it’s actually a brilliant move.

When you ask tailored questions, you’re showing the hiring manager that you’re willing to do what it takes to get the job.

Psychologically, you’re proving to the hiring manager that you’re a go-getter and go-getters get hired!

Speaking of psychology, what does a hiring manager think of someone who doesn’t ask questions?

Remember our little mock scenario above where our candidate seemed eager to wrap up the interview and get out of there? That can make a hiring manager reluctant to extend the offer of a job.

Who wants to hire someone who seems like they’re more interested in running away than investing a little more time into finding out what the job is really all about?

On top of that, most hiring managers expect candidates to have questions. Not having questions makes you appear lazy, unmotivated, and unprepared…exactly the opposite of someone they want to hire.

Okay, you’ve convinced me. I’m going to ask questions…tons of questions! I’m going to be the best question asking potential hire ever!

Ha ha, slow down there turbo! We love the enthusiasm but before you start charging ahead with “What’s your favorite color” and “If you could be any superhero on the planet, who would you be,” we need to give you a bit more information.

The key to being a good question “asker” is to make sure you’re asking the right questions.

But don’t worry, because we have the right questions for you. We’ve created a free cheat sheet that gives you 18 of the best questions you can ask the interviewer, so you’ll go into your next interview armed with the right questions to ask that will impress your hiring manager. Click here to get your copy of the “Questions to Ask the Interviewer Cheat Sheet.

Choosing the Best Questions To Ask During An Interview

Right questions?

Absolutely. You want to make sure the questions you’re asking are targeted and fall into specific categories.

Like favorite animals and if they were stranded on an island, who would they want to be stranded with?

No. Serious job related questions…questions that can ultimately make or break your desire to accept the job should it be offered.

Questions that cover every aspect of both the job and the company…and help to ensure that the decision you make to take or leave the position is a 100% educated one.

What if you are offered the job but don’t realize until you start that it’s awful? Nobody wants to do a job they hate or work in a place where they’re miserable…and the fastest way to make sure you end up in work hell is to NOT ask questions.

Nooo!

Remember, this is a lot like dating and you need to know what you’re getting yourself into. So, put on your thinking cap and sharpen your pencil…it’s time to get started.

What Questions Should You Be Asking?

As we said earlier, there are specific categories you want to stick to when thinking about questions to ask an interviewer.

THE JOB

What are you getting hired to do? Sure, you know what the job posting said, but is there anything about the position you’re trying to get that wasn’t in the posting? What are you going to be doing exactly? How long will you be doing that job and will the job evolve as you continue to work there?

THE REQUIREMENTS

Speaking of doing a job, are you fully prepared to start if you are hired? Is there anything you need to know in order to do the job? Is there any special training or any classes you’re going to be required to take if you’re hired?

THE EXPECTATIONS

How you do your job is also equally important…and what they expect from you as you do it! The best way to meet the goals of your employer is to know up front what they are. What do they expect from someone who is hired for this position? How do they evaluate that performance? Are there reviews?

THE COMPANY

By the way, who are you actually working for? Not just your supervisor, but the company overall. Yes, you should already have a good base of knowledge…you got that information during your fact finding and research phase of the job hunt…but there are things you can’t get from research that can only come from someone on the inside…and the hiring manager is a great resource!

Don’t forget, no job is a final job…you’re always on the hunt for that next step in your career…and now is the time to ask if this job is going to be the next step forward for you. Speaking of moving forward, is this a job with room for growth and advancement?

THE PEOPLE

How about your fellow co-workers? What about the people that make up the roster of employees? Who are you going to be working with? Are you working with a team? If so, now is the time to ask serious questions about who you’re going to be spending your time with. The best job in the world can easily turn into the worst job if you find out you can’t stand the people you’re assigned to.

THE ATMOSPHERE

Another important consideration to keep in mind is the culture of the company you are going to work for. What kind of place is it? Are you going to be expected to be 100% buttoned-up and professional at all times or does the company allow a more relaxed approach to work? Is it a suit and tie sort of place or are employees allowed to be a little more casual?

THE WAITING GAME

Now what? If you